Keith Dixon’s newest book, a memoir with more than forty recipes, follows a rich history of novelists like Orwell, Zola and Hemingway—whose interests (some might say obsessions) with food, drink and eating spilled over into their writing.

Chime in below with some examples of your favorite food writing by novelists, and we’ll automatically enter you in a drawing for three free copies of Cooking for Gracie.


Back in 2006, Chronogram, the Hudson Valley arts and culture magazine, ran a contest called “Joined at the Hip.

In their words:

The concept was simple:

Help eliminate bookshelf clutter by double-booking great (or merely popular) works of literature,
creating what contestant Laura Covello dubbed “portmantomes.”

We asked for a title and one-line concept pitch, e.g.,

Cat on a Hot Tin Drum
A desperate woman hides her stunted husband’s liquor
until he agrees to grow up and have sex.

Although I received honorary mention for one of my submissions — I also received a green Chronogram t-shirt, which I wore at the first TNB-LE event in New York — I was happier with one they didn’t choose:


The Pelican Brief History of Time
A British physicist threatens to expose the secrets of the universe…
unless a Memphis district attorney can stop him.


Anyway, I remembered this contest this morning, probably because of the Shakespalin fuss over at Twitter, and thought it might be fun to share.

So if you have any of your own, post ’em in the comments box.  (This means you, Smithson; this sort of thing was practically designed for you).


JC: Thanks to everyone who joined in last week’s giveaway. We’ll expect to see some polished short films from the winners in the near future!

If you’ve paid attention this week, you’ve noticed that we like Sam Munson. We hope you will too, so here’s an opportunity:  In the comments section (at 3G1B, TNB folks), name your favorite adolescent protagonist, and tell us why, and get a chance to win one of five copies of SM’s new novel The November Criminals.